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used to be one of those destinations that was expensive to get to and expensive to stay in. But the economic downturn and cuts in air service haven't been kind to the islands. In 2008, more than 6.8 million visitors traveled to the islands, representing a 10.6 percent drop compared with the previous year. Air travel is expected to drop another 2.3 percent in 2009.
So how does one of the most popular tourists destinations in the world respond? With deals, of course! Look into vacation packages that bundle airfare and hotels—and even car rentals—for the deepest discounts. Pleasant Holidays, for example, has an air-inclusive package to Waikiki from $465 per person, and that includes a three-night hotel stay with kids 17 and younger staying free and daily breakfast.